1. Golden State Warriors (25-4): In the last two games, they have beaten the Trail Blazers and the Jazz by average of 37.5 points.
2. San Antonio Spurs (23-5): Somehow, they overcame a 13-point deficit in the final 4:30 to beat Houston. Over the last three seasons teams in the same situation were 1-1,388.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers (21-6): LeBron James moved into eighth place on the all-time scoring list, surpassing Moss Malone (27,409 points). Next up is Shaquille O’Neal at 28,956.
4. Houston Rockets (22-8): They lost to the Spurs to break a 10-game winning streak and starting center Clint Capela with a fractured fibula.
5. Toronto Raptors (20-8): They won’t be home for the holidays – the next six games are on the road, starting with the Jazz on Friday.
6. Los Angeles Clippers: (21-8): Knee surgery could keep Blake Griffin out up to six weeks.
7. Utah Jazz (18-12): All the prolonged injuries and periodic illnesses are testing everybody’s patience.
8. Memphis Grizzlies (19-12): They are 1-3 since starting point guard Mike Conley returned after missing nine games.
9. Oklahoma City Thunder (17-12): Russell Westbrook this week had a two-game stretch in which he 72 points, 22 rebounds and 29 assists. Oscar Robertson (1961), Wilt Chamberlain (1968) and Pete Maravich (1975) are the only others to have at least those numbers over two games.
10. Charlotte Hornets (16-13): It is time to win again. This month they have had a three-game winning streak followed by a four-game losing streak. Now they have won two straight.
11. Boston Celtics (16-12): In a win over Memphis, Isiah Thomas scored 44 points on 16 field goal attempts, becoming only the fourth player in the past three decades to have such efficiency.
12. New York Knicks (15-13): Not many late comebacks with this group. They are 1-12 when trailing after three quarters.
13. Chicago Bulls (14-14): Inconsistency is defining this team. In consecutive games, they lost by 26 points to Milwaukee and beat Detroit by 31 points.
14. Indiana Pacers (15-15): Four players average at least 11 points, led by Paul George at 21.8 points.
15. Atlanta Hawks (14-15): Tough to figure out these guys. In the last six games, they are 3-0 on the road and 0-3 at home